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Monster Mint-Chocolate Chip Cupcakes


monster cupcakes

My husband, the monster:

Did you know I was once married to Frankenstein? It’s true! Long before Bella Swan made it fashionable to marry a ghoul, Frankie and I had a one-night stand. I dressed up as the Bride of Frankenstein for Halloween and created a stuffed monster “husband” to carry around all night.

In case you’re curious, here’s a photo of us.

Although we didn’t stay married long (irreconcilable differences), I think Frankenstein would approve of the following mint-chocolate cupcake recipe. Whole-grain, and lower in fat and sugar, these are much healthier than your average cupcakes. And yet, they taste just as delicious.

mint chocolate cupcake

As I said in yesterday’s post, these cupcakes were made for a good friend’s kindergarten class. I so wanted to throw some spinach in them, to see how they’d turn out. But I didn’t have enough time to make a second batch if the experiment failed.

If anyone is feeling adventurous, please do try adding spinach… and let me know how it goes!!

Monster Mint-Chocolate Cupcakes

(Makes 12 cupcakes)

  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder (regular or dutch)
  • 1 cup flour (I used white-whole-wheat. You can use all-purpose, spelt, or even ww pastry.)
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup sugar or evaporated cane juice
  • 1 and 1/2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 and 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp pure peppermint extract (or 1/2 tsp, if you only want a very-slight mint taste)
  • 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt of choice (such as SoDelicious)
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 3 tbsp oil (coconut or veg or canola oil)
  • optional: add a few handfuls chocolate chips to the batter!
  • 1/2 cup milk of choice

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix dry ingredients, then add wet. Don’t overmix. Pour into cupcake liners or tins, and bake for 18-20 minutes. (Mine took 19 minutes.) Nutrition Facts per cupcake: Each cupcake will have around 130 calories and three grams of fat, depending on what yogurt you use.

Cupcakes in the photos are topped with this recipe: Mint Chocolate Chip Frosting.

mint chocolate chip cupcakes

For a Mint-Chocolate Parfait:

Try crumbling this over Mint-Chocolate-Chip Ice Milk.

Or skip the parfait idea and just cover these babies in devilishly-delicious green frosting. With chocolate chips. Don’t forget the chocolate chips.

Question of the Day:

Do you remember any of your childhood Halloween costumes?

Some of mine: a Martian beauty queen, devil in a blue dress, purple-people-eater, monster chef, dust bunny (French maid with bunny ears), sand witch (sandwich), and “Indecisive” (where I wore a little bit of everything I could find. That one was really fun). I always hope that one of my friends will throw a party, so I have an excuse to still dress up even though I’m obviously way too old for trick-or-treating. I still have no idea what I’m going to wear to this year’s Halloween party.

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Published on October 26, 2011

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  1. Sarah says

    A monster cupcake to satisfy my monster craving! Looks absolutely delish! I remember my obession with being a “pretty” witch. I would dress in witch costume (sans the fake nose… ugh!), then apply my little- girl flavored lipgloss, aliitle dab of little-firl blush (or something) and out I went. Maybe that’s why i always got the most candy compared to my fellow witches 🙂

  2. Ali @ Peaches and Football says

    My parents got these awesome vests that had lights that blinked and flashed. One was a fairy princess with streamers on the arms and the other was a space lady with a cool headband/crown thing. I remember thinking I was *so* cool when I would walk around the neighborhood all lit up and sparkly and the kids would point in envy. Too bad I am not the fashion trend-setter now (but it’s good to have been at least once right? ha ha)

  3. Ruthiey says

    Those look yummy! I never dressed up for halloween, but one time I walked around our neighborhood and collected candy without a costume. Yes, I was one of THOSE teenagers. 🙂

  4. Barb says

    These look so yummy!! My favorite costume as a kid was a crayola crayon. My mom made it out of felt fabric and I made her make a new costume each year because I wanted to be a different color.

  5. Char @ says

    CUPCAKES!! I loooove cupcakes 😀 These look delicious, & I bet the kids will love them!

    I figured there might be some words said about your post on stereotypes, but I knew that you meant no harm by it. I thought, too, that your comment was a compliment. Remember that you can’t please everyone, Katie. Keep doing what you’re doing: I think you’re a great person!

    Have a beautiful day 🙂 xo

  6. Megan says

    Yum…these look so good! Chocolate and mint is such a refreshing combination and I love your green frosting! As for Halloween costumes, I only ever went to fall festivals at school (my mom doesn’t like Halloween) but I remember going as Tinker-belle, a butterfly, some character from Carmen SanDiego (haha!) and probably a ballerina. Last year I went as the goddess Medusa and had fake snakes in my hair! What are you doing this year?

  7. Kristin @ STUFT Mama says

    OMG_ holy delicious cupcakes. How do you make the bite look so perfect out of it? I always try that, but it NEVER looks good like yours. he he!
    Halloween- I once was a bunny with a cunstruction paper carrot hnagout around my next that my mom made. Well, that stupid carrot hung a little too low and the picutres from that Halloween are, well, HILARIOUS! I have to find that picture to post on my blog.
    PS- I add spinach to all my muffins for my two boys. Love that idea!
    And……. I think peanut butter and chocolate mint go really well together. It’s my favorite frozen yogurt combo. You’d be surprised! Hugs!

  8. Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit says

    fun! These look delicious 🙂 I was a princess for YEARS. Every Halloween my Mom would ask me what I wanted to be, and I would say time and time again “Cinderella!” So that’s what I was from about age 3 – 11. Then I got too tall for parents to believe I was trick or treating age. Darn growth spurt.

  9. katie @KatieDid says

    Cashew butter was probably a good choice because of potential peanut allergies in schools too! I know so many day cares and schools these days are banning all forms of peanuts from even entering the building… a life without PB ahhh!

  10. Liz @ Southern Charm says

    My favorite costume was a more recent costume … Heromine Granger, with a little liquid courage from my friend vodka, I was casting spells on everyone. It was a blast … and I ended up meeting my boyfriend (we have since broke up) who was very impressed with my spell casting! haha.

  11. Brittany *Sparkles* says

    My costumes when I was little were always a veriation of three words (according to my mom)
    Sparkle, Fairy, and Princess…
    One year I was a Sparkly Fairy Princess, the next I was a Princess Sparkle Fairy… you get the idea.
    I think one year I was the yellow power ranger… haha

    I love mint chocolate – one of my Favorite things about Christmas time!

  12. Kit-Kat says

    Those cupcakes look really yummy! My youngest sister is a HUGE mint chocolate chip fan, so I bet both me and her could make a batch together. That would be so much fun!

    I can remember every Halloween costume I was in…..thanks to pictures! Starting from age 0 to 20:
    Pumpkin, Dalmatian, Dalmatian, Ladybug, Simba, Simba, Jasmine, Jasmine, Cowgirl, Cowgirl, cowgirl, Mexican dancer, cowgirl, zebra, Seattle Mariner Ball Girl, Arwen, Chinese Geesha, Kitty Cat, School Teacher,Irish Dancer. I think you can tell what I really liked to dress up as most of all! Yeehaw! :~)
    This year I am torn from being either a Starbucks Barista, Padme from “Star Wars”, or Agent 99 from “Get Smart”. I can’t decide who to be! Any ideas?
    Maybe you could be Leia from “Star Wars”….. you know, wear your hair in the cinnamon-role style! And you could give out mini cinnamon buns (bite-sized) for trick-or-treaters that come to your door (if you get any). Wouldn’t that be something? 😉

  13. Emily @ Glitz Glam Granola says

    Yum! These look absolutely amazing!! And who doesn’t love the chocolate-mint combo! Mmmm!

    I love your Frankenstein picture! Too cute! Growing up I was a princess every.single.year. Apparently, no matter how hard my mom tried it was the only thing I wanted to be. Oh except for when I was like 4 yrs old and went as a bride. Um, I can never tell any potential boyfriend this!

  14. Sarah says

    Hi katie! Me again. Just went to read yesterday’s post. Actually i had read it but skipped the bottom part. I am an Asian (Indian to be exact) kid. Well of that descent anyway. My parents are both from India. I came back from a trip there, and i was amazed at how intelligent my cousins are! Thing is, i’m not really that intelligent, not on their level anyhow! I have always felt pressure that being Indian meant i should be doing better. But i loved people’s comments on the subject and i don’t feel that pressure! You handled it with grace and everyone out there who commented positively- i want to thank you all for making my day- and possibly changing the way i handle my life. THANK YOU 🙂

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